It was goal for goal in the first term, with the teams scoring three goals apiece in an evenly-contested first term; and the Magpies led by two points at the first change. And the game again had little separating the two teams around the ground in a tight second quarter, in which the Bombers added two goals to one to go into the rooms at half time with a lead of four points.
The Bombers had been the hottest of favourites, but were being made to work hard by a Wests side that contested every possession; and the Bombers were feeling the pressure and were unable to exert the dominance they had so often this year. Just one goal apiece would be scored in the third term, and the Bombers were precariously placed at three quarter time with a lead of just three points.
It was tight, and the game was in the balance. But in the end, the experience and class of the Bombers got them over the line. It was only a few late goals in the dying minutes that made sure of it; and the final term would be three goals to one. But it was enough for the Bombers to take the flag.
Brad Plug filled an important gap in the Bombers’ lineup, as he controlled proceedings up forward to score six goals in a best on ground performance; while Ziggy Middendorf and Nic Hurrell also featured prominently for the Bombers. After going down in last year’s Grand Final, the Bombers finally have broken through to claim premiership honours for their reserves. If the divisional structure in its current form continues next year, the Bombers surely will go up to Division One next year.
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